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Newly built reversible lane improves traffic flow in Hsinchu
Publish Date:107-10-09
Units:Department of General Affairs   Category:Transportation
Baoshan Road Reversible Lane, one of the Hsinchu City government’s road projects, has significantly reduced traffic congestion during rush hour since its inauguration last July.
The reversible lane project was part of the “Transportation 1, 2, 3” policy launched last year by Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) to tackle traffic congestion in the city. Baoshan Road is the major route to the Hsinchu Science Park, where some 150,000 people are employed at more than 400 high-tech companies.
The “Transportation 1, 2, 3” policy includes other projects such as linking Lane 110 on Gaofeng Road to Minghu Road, installing intelligent transport systems and expanding major roads to the science park.

According to traffic data comprising 2.32 million records collected by eTag, the average number of vehicles, excluding motorcycles, entering the science park per day is 7,600, while the average numbers of vehicles, excluding motorcycles, entering downtown Hsinchu per day is 2,500 during morning rush hour.
Since the Baoshan Road Reversible Lane was opened, the average speed of a car in that area has increased from 33 kilometers per hour to 40km/hr, the data shows.
The reversible lane has also resulted in an increased volume of passenger car units in the area from 3,023 pcu/hr to 3,800 puc/hr, shortening the commute time for employees in the science park, according to the data.

Baoshan Road Reversible Lane has also eased congestion by adjusting the configuration from 2 out, 2 in to 1 out, 3 in during the period 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., which in turn has increased capacity by 50 percent and the departure rate 1.5 times, the data shows.
Over the past year, the reversible lane has also improved road safety, as indicated by a 79 percent reduction in road accidents in general in that area and an 80 percent drop in motorcycle accidents in particular, according to Mayor Lin.


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